NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


February 27, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

HANDGUN APPLICANT PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT ON AN APPLICATION TO PURCHASE FIREARM

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Wayne Young, 39, of 4401 Harbour Town Drive, Beltsville, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Howard County to making a false statement on an application to purchase a regulated firearm in connection with Young’s attempt to purchase a handgun in September 2000.

Young was charged last October in a two count criminal information with perjury and making a false statement on an application to purchase a regulated firearm by claiming he was not the respondent in a protection order. In fact, a Protective Order was entered against him, with his consent, on March 31, 2000, in Prince George’s County District Court and was still in effect in September 2000, at the time of his application to purchase the handgun.

The Honorable Dennis M. Sweeney imposed a sentence of probation before judgment and placed him on a one-year period of probation.

The case was investigated by the Cease Fire Unit and Firearms Registration Section of the Maryland State Police and prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Investigations Division, in connection with a partnership the two agencies have formed to further efforts to combat handgun violations.

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